This most cosmopolitan of German cities is once more the country's capital, and though it may lack the urban beauty of Paris or Rome, it makes up for it with its long history, and vibrant sense of renewal.
The frenzy of reconstruction projects that made the city the largest building site in Europe for most of the past decade is nearing completion, unveiling a new, restored Berlin. For its part, the former East Berlin has blossomed into one of Europe's most energetic and affluent artistic quarters.
The birthplace of cabaret and techno, Berlin has rediscovered its edge and regained its place amongst Europe's premier cultural destinations. From classical music and art, to its buzzing, bohemian neighbourhoods, modern art galleries, restaurants, hotels, bars and clubs, Berlin is a city full of renewed energy and enthusiasm.